Friday, December 1, 2023

Update: Missing woman found safe

Charlotte Pate, 50, went missing at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday while visiting Busch Gardens. (WYDaily/Courtesy JCCPD)
Charlotte Pate, 50, went missing at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday while visiting Busch Gardens. (WYDaily/Courtesy JCCPD)

Update: Charlotte Pate was found safe and unharmed at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, said Stephanie Williams, spokeswoman for the James City County Police Department.


James City County Police are looking for information about a woman who went missing at Busch Gardens on Monday.

According to a news release from the department, Charlotte Pate, 50, was at the theme park with a friend when she left the area on foot at around 2 p.m.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said she did not know if Busch Gardens had any video footage related to the missing woman.

Pate is known to suffer from “cognitive and medical conditions” that might be a threat to her well-being, according to the release.

A report was not called into police until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Williams said. Williams said she did not know why Pate was not reported missing earlier.

Following the report, the department sent out a Facebook post and news release at approximately 2 p.m. to ask the public for assistance in finding Pate.

Williams said when a person is considered a threat to themselves, the police try to as the public for assistance as soon as possible.

Pate was last seen wearing a short sleeve, pink Ralph Lauren shirt with blue and black jogging pants and multi-colored tennis shoes. She was also carrying a black backpack and is missing her two front teeth.

Since sending out the notice Tuesday afternoon, Williams said the department has received calls indicating that Pate is still in the area. 

If anyone has information on Pate’s location, contact the James City County Police Department at 757-566-0112.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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